Calgary Mail-In Shoe Has Its Twists And Turns

Lateral extension straight bar with masselotte clip presents entrants with a forging challenge

LATERAL BAR SHOE WITH MASSELOTTE CLIP. It can be forged from any bar stock, as long as it is 8 millimeters (3/8-inch) thick. The dimensions are 155 mm (6.1 inches) wide and 150 mm (5.9 inches) long. The nail to be used is a Mustad MX70.

This is a great shoe this year. When I first saw the picture, I thought it would be difficult to get a consistent clip location and lateral extension. But I was given almost 2 weeks to get this article done (a real gift) and after thinking about it for a while, I decided to cut off the excess material instead of forging it.

That made the shoe much easier. There should be some really good shoes this year. Had there been a rule against cutting the stock, it would be a harder test of forging skills.

Choosing The Stock

But making this shoe can be a little deceptive since it is wider than it is long. That makes it a hard shoe to see a horse’s hoof in.

For this shoe, I used a 3/8-by-1 1/4-by-16 1/2-inch piece of bar stock. The amount of stock you will need is going to be very dependent on your style, since there is a lot of opportunity to change the dimensions on this shoe. It may take a couple of tries to determine what you will need.

Since this is a fairly wide section, it is difficult to keep the stock from warping while you make the…

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Chris Gregory

Chris Gregory is a Hall of Fame farrier and owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo.

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